Roswell Police Chief Alfonso Solis elaborated, Monday, on the information received late Friday about the attempted murder at Goddard High School.
He said that the stabbing of a fellow student by Britanny Russell, 17, appears to have been a random act and the victim a random target. “As far as I knew there had been no previous arguments. She (the victim) just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Solis said he had know idea what the motivation was for the attack.
“The wound,” he said, “was superficial. She (the student victim) stepped back so Russell just grazed the victim’s chin.”
Resource Officer Helen Cheromiah had been in another school at the time she received the call reporting the incident.
Solis commended the student for her quick thinking. “She somehow managed to divert the knife away from her face. She talked her (Russell) down. After she got the knife from the suspect, she walked her alleged assailant down to the counselor’s office.
Solis said there was no evidence to indicate that the incident was gang related.
He also complimented Cheromiah’s actions. “She’s doing a good job. She’s spread pretty thin right now. We need more resource officers. Still she was able to obtain information for the detectives before turning Russell over.”
As a 17-year-old, Russell could be charged as an adult, but Solis said, “That will be up to the District Attorney’s offices.”
Solis deferred comment on using magnetic weapons detectors in schools.. “That’s not my decision to make. It wouldn’t prevent students from carrying weapons into the parking lot. We as the police need to be proactive.”
Again he focused on the student who was the object of aggression. “I believe the victim deserves a lot of the credit. If she had reacted differently, things could have been a lot worse.”